CFR Presents

Net Politics

CFR experts investigate the impact of information and communication technologies on security, privacy, and international affairs.

Will China and Russia’s Updated Code of Conduct Get More Traction in a Post-Snowden Era?

by Alex Grigsby Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Code of Conduct Information Security Cyber CFR Net Politics The Presidents of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, China, Tajikistan, Russia and Uzbekistan pose of a picture at meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), in September 2014. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Courtesy Reuters).

Alex Grigsby is the assistant director for the Digital and Cyberspace Policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations.

A little over two weeks ago, Xinhua, China’s state-run news site, reported that China and Russia, along with their Shanghai Cooperation Organization partners Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, had jointly submitted an update of their International Code of Conduct on Information Security to the UN Secretary General. The text of the updated code has now been posted to the UN website and is available here. Read more »

The State of Cyber in the State of the Union

by Adam Segal Wednesday, January 21, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on January 20, 2015. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters)

Last night, President Obama gave his annual State of the Union address in which Internet and cyber issues got their own paragraphs. On the Internet, the president said: Read more »

Cybersecurity in the State of the Union

by Adam Segal Monday, January 19, 2015
State of the Union Net Politics Cyber CFR President Obama delivers his State of the Union before a joint session of Congress on January 28, 2014. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters).

The President is expected to dedicate a section of his State of the Union tomorrow to cybersecurity. Last week he introduced a number of new legislative proposals and other efforts focused on: better information sharing between the public and private sector; amendments to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act; national breach reporting; and grants to historically black colleges for cybersecurity education.

Read more »

Paris and London Should Think Before They Undermine Encryption

by Guest Blogger Thursday, January 15, 2015
Heads of state including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (3rdR), Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt (2ndR), Poland's Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz (R), Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras attend the solidarity march (Marche Republicaine) in the streets of Paris on January 11, 2015. (Yves Herman/Courtesy Reuters) Heads of state including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (3rdR), Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt (2ndR), Poland's Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz (R), Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras attend the solidarity march (Marche Republicaine) in the streets of Paris on January 11, 2015. (Yves Herman/Courtesy Reuters)

Sharone Tobias is a research associate for Asia Studies and the Digital and Cyberspace Policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations.

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris have led European leaders to revisit Internet surveillance policies in their countries in the hopes that more effective data collection can prevent future terrorist attacks. EU leaders released a joint statement over the weekend expressing concern “at the increasingly frequent use of the Internet to fuel hatred and violence,” and calling for a partnership with Internet service providers.  Read more »

The Futile Effort to Determine When a Cyber Incident Becomes an Armed Attack

by Alex Grigsby Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Armed Attack HFAC Cyber CFR Net Politics (Courtesy Eric Constantineau via Flickr/Creative Commons)

Alex Grigsby is the assistant director for the Digital and Cyberspace Policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations. 

As Adam mentioned the other day, the Sony hack highlighted the fact that even after years of debates and increased public attention on cyber issues, fundamental policy questions in this area remain unanswered. Read more »

Guest Post: Brazil’s Cybersecurity Conundrum

by Guest Blogger Monday, January 12, 2015
Brazil Military CFR Cyber Net Politics Brazil's Navy soldiers patrol the Mare slums complex in Rio de Janeiro on October 25, 2014. (Ricardo Moraes/Courtesy Reuters).

The following is a guest post by Robert Muggah and Misha Glenny.

Brazil has embraced the digital age with more gusto than most. It is one of the top users of social media and recently signed-off on a bill of rights for the Internet, the Marco CivilRead more »